|Pilot Pilot Officer R. S. Smith, 23957 (survived)
Crew F/Sgt J. G. Laycock, 495746 (survived)
Crew F/Sgt W. P. McCutcheon, 426138 (survived)
Crew David Charles Tait, 425377 (MIA) Greenslopes, QLD
Crashed March 31, 1944
Built by Supermarine. Shipped overseas to Australia. On September 14, 1943 reassembled by Qantas. Assigned to 2 FBRD on December 2, 1943. Next to 8 CU on March 3, 1944.
On March 31, 1944 during take off near Salamo on Fergusson Island, this wing of this aircraft dipped and came into contact with the sea causing the plane to capsize and crash. The crew escaped except for Tait, who went down with the aircraft and was listed as Missing In Action (MIA).
Tait was officially declared dead the day of the mission. He is memorialized at the Port Moresby Memorial, panel 9 at Bomana War Cemetery.
CWGC - David Charles Tait
ADF Serials - A2 Supermarine Seagull & Walrus - Walrus II HD865
National Archives of Australia (naa.gov.au), Series No. A705, File # 66/39/253, Item Barcode: 1081726. Tait, David Charles - (Flight Sergeant); Service No. 425377; File Type: Casualty-Repatriation; Place: Salamo, Ferguson Island, PNG; Date: 31st March, 1944. Access Status: OPEN. Location: Canberra. The following servicemen are mentioned in this report. Additional notes: Laycock JG (Flt/Sgt) 495746; McCutcheon WP (Flt/Sgt) 426138; Smith RS (Pilot Officer) 23957. Walrus HD865 was taking off when its wing dipped and came into contact with the water, the plane crashed. All escaped except Tait, who went down with the aircraf and was classified as MIA.
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February 4, 2018